Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Rwanda and Mozambique recommit to strengthen bilateral ties

Maputo, 26 October 2016 – Rwanda and Mozambique have recommitted to strengthen bilateral ties. The commitment was made at the conclusion of President Paul Kagame’s two-day State Visit to the country where he met with his Mozambican counterpart President Filipe Nyusi.

On the first day of President Kagame’s visit, Monday 25 October, the two Heads of State held bilateral talks prior to witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the areas of political consultation between the two countries.

In his address to members of the academic and business community in Maputo, President Kagame reiterated that his visit is aimed to deepen the friendship between the two countries in areas of mutual interests. The President who was speaking on the second day of his visit said that Rwanda and Mozambique share a history and a common determination to build a prosperous future for their respective citizens.

In a discussion on the role of the private sector in Rwanda’s development, President Kagame emphasized that the private sector must play a key role, alongside government, in order to ensure mutually beneficial partnerships, aimed to promote social and economic prosperity.

The Head of State highlighted the country’s progress as a result of Rwandans’ motivation to change their history.

The depth of devastation that Rwanda experienced in 1994 led many to believe that our country would never be viable again, but we defined our priorities and stuck to them. As we continue to advance, we know that we are not yet where we want to be, and the modest achievements we register must be safeguarded,” President Kagame told the gathering convened at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre.

President Kagame reiterated Rwanda’s belief in the importance of integration across the continent for both economic and political gains.

Our visit here is in keeping with Rwanda and Mozambique’s shared commitment to go beyond national interests to continental unity, to bring African countries and people together,” President Kagame said.

President Kagame visited the Mozambique Memorial Heroes Square to pay tribute to the heroic figures of the Mozambican struggle for Independence. He also held courtesy talks with the President of Mozambican National Assembly, Veronica Macamo Dlhovo.

Speaking to the members of the press, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said that the President’s visit serves as an opportunity to increase areas of collaboration and create closer ties between the two countries.


Source: Office of the Government Spokesperson  

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